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Colleen

Wendell, NC, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Paul Blake
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    Julius Caesar has taken his legions north into mighty battles with the Gallic tribes. But as his successes mount, overwhelming ambition and new alliances begin to threaten his friendship with Marcus Brutus, brother-in-arms and fellow warrior. Although the conquest of Gaul has made Caesar a hero all over again, his victories on the battlefield cause still more rivalries at home. And ultimately Caesar and Brutus will have to choose whether to cross the Rubicon - together or singly - and to take the fight to Rome itself.

    Danny says: "How To Ruin a Good Story"
    "Great story, annoying read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Emperor again? Why?

    Yes, the story is good


    What didn’t you like about Paul Blake’s performance?

    I HATED the narrator's performance. He has an annoying habit of mispronouncing certain of the character's names; for instance, Octavian becomes Oc-tay-wee-un, Servililia becomes Ser-will-ee-ah, Cicero becomes Kickero. At first I thought he had a lisp until I noticed he could pronounce the V in victory. By his logic, Caesar sould have been pronounced Keeser but he did not pronounce it that way. What gives? It was very jarring and even in the last few minutes of the book I was still fuming at each mispronounciation, wondering why the producer did not correct this in the beginning.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1121)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (334)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    karen says: "Wanted very much to like this book, but....."
    "Can't seem to finish it"
    Overall

    I have been trying to get through this book since I got it - the first day it was available on Audible. I will listen to another book or two and come back to it, thinking it couldn't possibly be as bad as I remembered; but unfortunately, it always is. The characters are one dimensional, the dialogue is excruciatingly painful in that it is awkward and is neither interesting nor does it seem to move the story along. Only occasionally are there the rich descriptions of Charleston which allowed the city to be one of the main characters in "The Lords of Discipline". I doubt I will ever finish this book. What a snooze.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Socks

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Beverly Cleary
    • Narrated By Neil Patrick Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Socks is one happy cat. He lives with a nice young couple called the Brickers who play with him, pet him, feed him treats, and always have a warm lap for him to sit in. Then a new baby joins the family. Suddenly, the Brickers are sharing their laps and love with Charles William, and Socks is getting into all sorts of trouble.

    Gingerbread Fred says: "Great listen for all"
    "Great for kids or cat owners"
    Overall

    Told from the kitty's point of view, Beverly Cleary really nailed the thoughts and emotions of a cat. Perfect for children with pets in the family, because by revealing that animals can have similar feelings, it helps them develop empathy for their furry friends. My guilty secret? I have to admit that, as a cat person, I love it too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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